Following last night's tweet from Rich Energy that claimed the company had ended its partnership with Haas, citing its poor performance and increasing Political Correctness within the sport (!?!), Steiner this morning issued a brief statement, again on social media, basically claiming that this was news to him.
Amid widespread scepticism in the paddock about the energy drink company and its bearded chief, Haas recently removed Rich Energy's antler-like logo from the vehicle following a copyright claim.
However Steiner was quick to admit that the long-term situation between Haas and Rich Energy is far from resolved.
In a follow-up to his original comment, Steiner insists that the Rich Energy logos will remain on the Haas cars for the British Grand Prix weekend.More news: Rocketman's Dexter Fletcher In Talks to Direct Sherlock Holmes 3
"They will be on the vehicle this weekend, and then the rest we need to sort out going forward what we're doing".
Steiner says the team will continue to run the Rich Energy logo and livery throughout this weekend's race at Silverstone while the matter is clarified.
"I don't want to put anybody in a hard situation but I can not say anything about it", said Steiner. "The commercial agreement doesn't let me talk any more about it and I don't want to". "I don't want to put anybody in a hard situation, but I can not say anything about that". When I can speak, I speak, when I cannot, I don't speak.
"We wish to confirm our commitment to the Haas F1 Team, Formula 1 and to thank the Haas F1 Team for their support and patience whilst this matter is dealt with internally". But Haas sits ninth in the constructor standings, ahead only of Williams Racing, which has failed to produce a single finish in the points through nine races. "It's just something I need to deal with next week, and I will".More news: Amber Portwood Allegedly Came After Boyfriend With Machete in Domestic Battery Incident
Despite Rich Energy's claim that Haas lacks performance, Kevin Magnussen qualified fifth in Austria.
Another Twitter commentator declared: "I can't believe what an utter joke you've made out of yourselves".
"It's important, but at this moment in time, it's part of the job and you need to deal with it", he said. A milkfloat at back of grid a disaster for us. "We get on with our job".More news: Sir David Attenborough takes aim at Australia for lack of climate action